Since time immemorial, riders of bicycle come together on the third Sunday of January to participate in cycling on the so-called worst day of the year.
Wheels in Motion’s 14th annual Worst Day of the Year ride is taking place this Sunday, 1/20 and in reverent observance, we’re hosting additional public hours this week on Tuesday the 15th and Friday the 18th from 6:30-8:30 PM. All are welcome to drop by to get their bike in shape for whatever conditions Sunday might bring (or whatever other riding one may have coming up).
Registration for the 2019 Worst Day of the Year Ride – Sunday, 1/20
Event is free, but headcounts are always helpful
Weekly Winter Hours
Unless otherwise noted here or on the CC Facebeak page, weekly public hours on Sunday will continue through the chillier season.
Sundays, 11 AM-3PM, 416 W Huron St
The co-op will be closed the week of 11/18; regularly-scheduled weekly events will resume as follows:
Thursday Volunteer Nights: Thursday, November 29
Public Hours on Sunday: Sunday, December 2
2018 End-of-Year Celebration
It’s been quite a year for Common Cycle and all friends, users, well-wishers and detractors are welcome to come relax at the co-op for a few hours as we wrap up the year and prep for 2019. A light meal and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM
More details + RSVP via EventBrite:
Hello! We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2018 Maintenance Course. Please read through the info below and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Cycle’s biannual maintenance courses are intended to help train future volunteers and community members by providing hands-on experience and general knowledge about fixing bicycles and assisting people who come to our open repair hours.
Common Cycle’s Fall 2018 Maintenance Course will begin Tuesday, October 9th and run on 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 in Ann Arbor, concluding on November 13th. Classes will be held at Common Cycle’s new workspace at 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103. We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing). Full schedule below:
The course is capped at 15 students so that everyone will have some time and space to do hands-on work. No advance knowledge of bike repair is required, just an interest in learning more. Students may bring in their own bikes which we will diagnose as needed and use for demonstration.
Although this is a low/no-cost course, we ask you to respect the large amount of volunteer work that goes into facilitating and teaching the course. For this reason:
- If you are enrolled, we expect you to attend the majority of sessions (4+) or make clear in your application that you will not able to attend some sessions.
- If selected, we expect participants to volunteer at at least two Common Cycle events over the subsequent 12 months.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/MTHzigBqeoe5dYF13
Applications close Friday, September 28th at 5:00 p.m. Please respond to email@example.com with questions.
Common Cycle’s volunteer-run, co-operative workspace at 416 W. Huron, Suite #11 is open to the public weekly on Sundays, from 11AM-3PM!
Visitors are welcome to seek help from volunteers and/or make use of community tools to resolve maintenance issues or work on personal projects.
Volunteers at these open hours range from experienced mechanics to interested newbies, and we help all kinds of cyclists fix all kinds of bikes. The only requirement for getting help at 416 is that you be willing to get your hands dirty! Assistance from CC volunteers and/or use of tools is free, but donations are welcome.
Join us for the grand opening of Ann Arbor’s bike co-op on Sunday, July 29th!
Sunday, July 29, 3-6 PM [ceremonial opening at 3:30 PM]
416 W Huron, Suite #11, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Please RSVP via Eventbrite:
All are invited to drop in between 3 and 6 PM, poke around the space, rearrange various carefully shelved items and explore new and upcoming programming options and volunteer opportunities.
There will be a ceremonial “chain-breaking” at 3:30pm to celebrate opening to the public, as well as some informal remarks.
The new space allows us to expand our programs and events, provide additional public hours, and better serve the Ann Arbor community by providing increased access to tools, supplies and expertise. We’re looking forward to what takes shape in the next year.
The launch of the new space is supported by the League of Michigan Bicyclists, Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition, and Common Cycle’s many generous donors.
Common Cycle is a wholly volunteer-run organization. If you’re into working on bikes, learning to work on bikes or helping to sustain an inclusive space where members of the public drop in to learn about repair and maintenance, we’d love to have you get involved.
We welcome volunteers at all skill levels and have opportunities to be active no matter your skill or comfort level.
Sign-up sheets for upcoming volunteer opportunities, including regular hours and one-time events, are listed below.
Open Hours @ 416 W Huron: Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM
Although there is much (so much) work left to be done, we think the time is right to start hosting Sunday hours at our new space!
We’ll have a proper grand opening and chain-breaking ceremony to début the new digs once the place is fully outfitted, so stay tuned for that. Until then, we’ll be hosting dual operations–we’ll host the Mobile Repair Stand at the Sunday Artisan Market as well as have folks ready to help you with all your bike needs at 416 W Huron, both from 11-3. Come say hi and take a peek at the Co-Op space!
Secondly, as Sunday, 5/27 is Flower Day in Kerrytown, we’ll be set up on the concrete “island” on the eastern edge of the Farmers Market Property (between the Farmers Market and 5th Ave).
Hope to see you Sunday, in some form.
Due to various events taking place, there is a slight change in the usual plan this Sunday: Namely, we’re shifting the Mobile Repair Stand’s location to support this year’s Huron River Day, taking place at Gallup Park from 1-5 PM.
There will not be a CC presence in Kerrytown on 5/20. Hope to see you at Gallup Park.
Bike Month is well underway and Common Cycle will be supporting a number of events in May and June.
A consolidated list of volunteer sign-up sheets is below, if you’d like to come out and work on bikes in public for a few hours:
Sundays, 11AM-3PM: Mobile Repair Stand, Kerrytown
Friday, 5/18/2018, 7-9AM: Bike-to-Work Day Commuter Node, Hanover Square Park
Sunday, 5/20/2018, 1-5PM: Huron River Day, Gallup Park
Wednesday, 5/23/2018, 6-8PM: Open Workshop at Zingerman's
Friday, 6/8/2018, 6-9PM: Mayor's Green Fair
Update: As it will be well below 50ºF on 4/8, we will host open hours at our offsite location, the Adventure Leadership Rental Center (“Elbel Building”) on 336 Hill St.
Ready for some sunlight, the Mobile Repair Stand will resume weekly service alongside our friends at the Sunday Artisan Market on Sunday, 4/8 from 11 AM-3 PM. As always, workstands, tools, and a cadre of volunteer mechanics will be available to help get you rolling for the 2018 season.
If drizzly or sub-50ºF, we will host open hours at our offsite location, the Adventure Leadership Rental Center (“Elbel Building”) on 336 Hill St.
If you have any questions, feel free to send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective Volunteers / Apprentice Mechanics:
If you’d like to help us teach folks to work on their bikes this year, please let us know by filling out a short form.